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4 goals for a new year and a new pastor and a new church [12-30-01]

Philippians 3:13-14

I waited 31 years, to the day, to become your pastor.

It was all we could do to live our lives in the ministry, and spend 10 years then under other pastors, destiny’s children, waiting for the lord to say the word, “go!”

I’m sure you’re asking the question so many have already been asking me the last few weeks, about what direction we go as a church…since you’re curious, on this first day, let me just tell you…I don’t know!

God answered your prayers and ours and brought us together for such a time as this

He will give me direction…I will follow him by leading you, and you indicated by your vote that you will follow:

When you understand…when you don’t

When you trust me…and when you have to trust the God who sent me to you

When you agree…and when we have to agree to disagree.

This is a great time to go forward! Praise God for how He has taken us forward since that day. Hundreds saved and baptized, hundreds of thousands of dollars of improvements, debt free, a missions team that has tripled as has our income and budget. And then there's the gift of God we may never wrap our minds around, the fact that now tens of thousands in ministry use our materials in their churches and schools!

To God be the glory...and yet, this message reminds us...

1 Find some dissatisfaction

ill.--Cruise control/coasting - God isn't pleased!

How many of you really relax as you drive? (I want to die just like grandpa, in my sleep, not screaming like the passengers he was driving!)

For a church to go backward, it doesn’t require people to go backward, just to stand still. Have you found a comfort zone in your spiritual life?

We’re not talking about contentment here

Materialism—Godliness with contentment is great gain

Spiritually—don’t ever be content, satisfied

Here’s the attitude to have: However much I read my Bible in last year, it wasn’t enough (prayed, gave, served, worshipped)

I’m pressing on the upward way…new heights I'm gaining ev’ry day…higher ground!

In 2015 our God will want some to teach/help with kids ministries…

To sit in class another year would be “cruise control” (idling)

(choir, nursery, outreach, witness, attendance)

We could have stayed in MO with a large church, fat salary, nice home, lots of friends…but we would have to coast, we couldn’t go forward.

Why do we get self-satisfied? We compare ourselves to others who are not making good progress. Since when are inferiors our standard?

“comparing yourselves with others is not wise”

We develop a false sense of spirituality when we compare to anyone other than our Savior...and when we do that, we quickly recognize how small we are.

Phil. 3:13—“brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended” (arrived)

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